Tighter restrictions are to be announced today as Boris Johnson addresses the country following a rise in positive coronavirus cases.
The government’s scientific advisers, Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Witty, issued a stark warning in their separate briefing yesterday, saying that there could be as many as 50,000 daily cases by mid-October if the country doesn’t act swiftly.
The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee and his Cabinet before making a speech in the House of Commons at around 12.30pm.
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When is Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation?
Johnson will address the nation live at 8pm tonight, (Tuesday, September 22).
It’s expected that the PM will announce a number of stringent restrictions, including an order that pubs and other venues in England will have to close at 10pm from Thursday.
Table service, by law, will only be available in the hospitality sector as the Government attempts to get a grip on the sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
Steeper fines for pubs and restaurants could also be handed out for customers breaking social distancing rules.
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A ban on households mixing inside or outside their home, as well as a plea to only travel when essential, such as to and from work and school, is also thought to form part of Johnson’s speech.
The plan is to ‘break unnecessary links’ between households.
The UK’s coronavirus alert level was increased from three to four yesterday – the first increase since the alert system was introduced – which means ‘transmission is high or rising exponentially’.
The speech will be shown on BBC One, the BBC News Channel and Sky News at 8pm.
Johnson is also expected to make a renewed push for the whole of the UK to work collectively, particularly as winter approaches.
A two-week ‘circuit break’ could also see the closure of the hospitality sector for a fortnight while keeping schools and work places open.
It’s thought this approach could reduce the pressure on the NHS.